The other morning I saw some farmers moving cattle ‘cows’ and getting ready for the lasta Mara , our cargo boat. The cattle on Aran can be termed organic as they are pastured outdoors all year, moved from field to field, then they are sent to the mainland to be butchered. There is a special quality to the meat and the knowledge of knowing where your food comes from is important these days. The idea of farm to fork. I am always amazed by the care and fondness that the farmers have for their animals even knowing what the end product will be. Here is a quirky marinade for steaks.

What you need:

4 steaks, 1 cup of strong coffee, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of red wine and vinegar, 1 tablespoon of french grained mustard, 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 2 crushed cloves of garlic, and 2 tablespoons of chopped wild garlic leaves.

Mix all the ingredients together and place with steaks in a freezer bag and marinate leaving overnight in the fridge. When ready to cook, remove steaks from the bag and on a very very hot oiled griddle pan, cook each steak for 2-3 minutes on each side. Serve with a green salad and some oven baked chips along with a full bodied red wine.